Tracy Powell (David Wayne), an Indiana farmer, gets the gold fever and heads for Stockton, California in 1849.
There, he abandons his first partner, Bert Killian (Denver Pyle), and teams up with Sam Wilkins (Keenan Wynn), a claim jumper employed by Willis Haver (Jim Backus).
Six years later, Powell returns to Indiana and his sweetheart, Julie (Marcia Henderson).
They marry and he tries farming again but, on the night their son is born, he takes off again searching for gold.
November 6, 2010 Subject:
I really need to review movies right after I watch them... I viewed this a few days ago and can't remember much except that I enjoyed it, and thought Jim Backus (Mr. Thurston Howell, the III from Gilligan's Island) was great as a bad guy.
It kept my interest and I was entertained. I recall the story moved along ok, and the characters were all pretty decently acted. I was impressed by the over-all feeling of what "Gold Fever" must have been like. Very well done.